Growing up, I knew something about me was different.
These are the kinds of questions that ran through my mind almost interminably:
Why am I not gregarious like my peers?
Why don't I seem to get as worked up about stuff?
Why don't I enjoy drawing attention to myself like my friends do?
Why do others give me such a hard time for being quiet and keeping to myself?
If you're an introvert, I'm sure you can relate.
Chances are it wasn't until you reached your teens or young adulthood (perhaps even later, as did I) that you discovered there wasn't anything wrong with you.
Society had simply conditioned you and me to believe there was because it is extroverts -- the loud, chatty folks who yearn for the spotlight -- who seem in the majority, and they harbor a healthy distrust of mild-mannered, self-contained individuals.
Take job ads you see online or in the paper.
How many times have seen keywords/phrases like these peppered in said listings:
- Quick on your feet
- Outstanding communication skills
- Can work in teams
- You'd rather stay in and read than go out to a party
- You become drained after heavy social interaction
- You prefer small groups to large crowds
- You observe and gather your thoughts before contributing to the conversation
- as many innovative novels, artworks, and inventions being put out
- someone in the conversation who actually stops to listen
- people willing to share (or gladly give up) the spotlight
- people who delve into deep topics